Skokomish files lawsuit over tribal hunting rights

The Skokomish Tribe has filed a lawsuit against Washington state over hunting rights protected by the 1855 Treaty of Point No Point. This lawsuit launches what could be years of litigation dealing with Native American access to natural commodities other than fish and shellfish.

Read my story in today’s Kitsap Sun or download the complaint, Skokomish Indian Tribe versus Peter Goldmark (PDF 414 kb).

The Skokomish Tribe filed this lawsuit by itself without the involvement of other tribes. I’ve been told by several people that a more coordinated effort was being planned by a large number of tribes for some time in the future, but the Skokomish moved out front without consulting other tribes.

This could be an important case for Indian and non-Indian hunters across the state as well as for advocates of protecting the natural environment. Needless to say, I’ll be watching this case closely.

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